ADA Terms of Use and Privacy Notice



  1. General

1.1 These general terms of use (hereinafter Terms) concern the use of ADA Application (hereinafter Service) provided by Aalto-University (hereinafter Aalto). By using the Service, you undertake to comply with these Terms in the capacity of a User and confirm you are at least 13-years old or you have consent of guardian for the use of application.

1.2 A precondition to using the Service is submission of the data requested by the Service. This data is submitted by the user (hereinafter User).

1.3 Aalto is entitled to amend these Terms from time to time. By using the Service, the User accepts the Terms valid at the time of Service use. In case of significant changes in the Terms, at its sole discretion, Aalto may notify the User about the change in the Terms in the manner chosen by Aalto.

  1. Service

2.1 By using the Service, the User submits Aalto data over which the User retains full ownership. To the extent that data is considered as personal data, Aalto may process the data in accordance with Privacy Notice of the Service and applicable legislation.

2.2 Service is an artwork that aims to collect image data for aesthetic recognition and for improved scientific and artistic knowledge of machine aesthetic evaluation. Image data consists of images taken within the Service and User created content and evaluation. New features may be added to the service.

2.3 Aalto shall strive to keep the Service constantly available but may discontinue use of the Service or change Service contents whenever this is deemed necessary. Inter alia, Aalto is entitled to discontinue provision of the Service because of installation, modification, or upkeep works, due to security hazard or requirements or guidelines provided for by law or other official regulations.

2.4 Aalto is entitled to prevent access to the Service or delete Information stored to the Service without consulting the User if the Aalto suspects that improper Information is being stored to the Service, use of the Service by other users may be at risk because of the information stored, or these Terms are violated.

  1. Obligations of user

3.1 User may not use the Service for harassment, threats or impersonation.

3.2 User shall ensure the confidentiality of the user ID required for using the Service and avoid disclosure thereof to third persons. User is fully responsible for any activities performed using his or her user ID. User shall immediately notify Aalto of any unauthorized use of his or her user ID or of other breaches of security.

3.3 User shall acquire and maintain the equipment, connections, and software required for using the Service on its own account.

  1. Intellectual Property Rights

4.1 Software has been developed in Aalto University as a part of the Mixing Fields artistic research project funded by AVEK Mediarata and Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation. We are extremely grateful to the contributors of the following open source libraries: MIT license: keras, GNU Public License: uWSGI, BSD-license: Flask, Flask-SQLAIchemy, Jinja2, Werkzeug, itsdangerous, OpenCV, Apache 2.0 license: pyOpenSSL, google-api-python-client, boto3, tensorflow. Uniquely licensed: psycopg2, pillow, NumPy, matplotlib. Without their work and expertise this Service would not exist.

4.2 Material Design icons by Google are licensed under CC-BY 4.0. Other Material Design icons are licensed under SIL Open Font License 1.1.

4.3 The following people have contributed to the ADA software: Aleksander Alafuzoff, Henri Kotkanen, Kasperi Mäki-Reinikka and Jari Torniainen.

  1. Price

Use of the Service is free of charge.

  1. Warranty and limitation of liability

6.1 User uses the Service at his or her sole risk; the Service is provided as is and Aalto does not grant any warranty or guarantees with respect to the Service, Service outcomes, quality, non-violation of third persons’ rights, or other circumstances.

6.2 Aalto shall not be responsible to the User for any direct or indirect damage. If Aalto is declared responsible for the Service pursuant to law, the liability of Aalto to the User shall not exceed 50 euros.

  1. Validity

7.1 These Terms enter into force after publication. The Terms apply for as long as the Service is used.

7.2 Aalto is entitled to cancel these Terms and the contract between the parties immediately if User fundamentally violates his or her obligations pursuant to these Terms and has not remedied the violation.

  1. Applicable Law and Dispute Resolution

These Terms and the contract between the parties are governed by Finnish law, excluding its choice of law provisions. Any disputes arising in connection with these Terms or the contract between the parties shall be resolved once and for all through arbitration proceedings in conformity to the Arbitration Rules of the Central Chamber of Commerce by a single arbitrator.




This Privacy Notice applies to the ADA application  (Service). Aalto University (Aalto) acts as the controller for personal data that users of the Service provide.

Protecting your privacy and your personal data is of the utmost importance to us. Aalto is committed to complying with the requirements that data protection regulation places upon Aalto in the processing of your personal data. The means and purposes of processing your personal data are described in further detail in this Privacy Notice.

This Privacy Notice might be subject to change. You will always find the up-to-date version of this Privacy Notice on this  Service.

  1.    Why does Aalto process personal data?

Aalto collects and processes certain personal information about you in order to

  • enable you to use the Service;
  • maintain and develop the Service
  • use data for research purposes

In addition, Aalto will also process personal data for the purposes of data security and to prevent and resolve possible misconduct.

  1.    What personal data does Aalto process?

Aalto will only process personal data that is necessary for the processing purposes defined in this Privacy Notice. The personal information Aalto collects can be grouped into the following categories:

  • Randomly created client id-number
  • Images taken within the Service
  • Matadata of the images taken within the Service
  • User created content within the Service
  • Information collected through observing use of Service
  • Additional survey data launched by the Service related to randomly created client-id number
  1. Children’s personal data

This Service requires you to be at least 13-years old or to have consent of guardian for the use of Service.

  1.    Sources of information

Personal data is collected from the users during their use of Service or when they otherwise interact with Aalto.

  1.    Lawful Basis for Processing

User enters into a contract by using the Service. Lawful basis for processing of personal data is performance of a contract when Aalto enables you to use the Service and when Aalto maintains the Service.

Lawful basis for processing of image data is consent. Giving of consent constitutes a lawful basis for the processing of image data. Your consent is given through the adjustment of your phone settings accordingly.

Lawful basis for research use is public interest. For research use lawful basis is processing of personal data required for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest, namely scientific research and academic expression.

Lawful basis for following uses is legitimate interest:  Aalto has legitimate interest to develop the Service and to process personal data for communicationsLegitimate interest is also lawful basis for the processing of your personal data for the purposes of data security and to prevent and resolve possible misconduct.

  1. Sharing of personal data

Aalto shares personal data only to the extent necessary for the purposes personal data is processed:

I) Service providers

Aalto uses service providers to maintain and provide the Service that enables the application to work and for processing purposes as specified in this Privacy Notice.

This Service can be downloaded through Google Play.  The privacy policy of Google apply in addition to this Privacy Notice. Users should familiarize themselves with the terms and privacy policies provided by device platforms.

II) Scientific research use

Aalto may share your personal data for the purposes of scientific research. Statistical information derived from personal data is going to be published in research results.  In these cases, all personal data is processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and national data protection legislation on scientific research use.

III) Statutory reasons

Aalto may use your personal data to third parties if access to personal data or other processing of personal data is required to i) fulfill statutory responsibilities or a court order; ii) detecting, preventing or handling misuses, security risks or technical issues.

  1.    International transfers of personal data

We strive to carry out all services related to our Service using operators and services located within the EU or the EEA. However, in some cases, services related to the use of our Service may also be carried out by operators and on servers located in third countries. In such cases, your personal data may also be transferred outside the EU or EEA in accordance with applicable legislation. In regards to transfers of personal data to countries where local data protection legislation does not provide an adequate level of data protection, transfers are protected utilizing appropriate safeguards, such as standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission or a competent supervisory authority, or binding corporate rules. To learn more about the appropriate safeguards we use, please contact us by using the contact information provided below.

  1.    Retention period

Personal data will be retained for the period of validity of the legal basis for processing and for as long as necessary for the processing purposes mentioned in this Privacy Notice.

For example, the information of users is retained for as long as Aalto´s legitimate interests can reasonably be deemed valid. We determine the validity of our legitimate interest by, for example, your use of Service as well as the communication between us.

  1. Your rights

The General Data Protection Regulation grants the data subject a number of rights with which the data subject can govern the processing of their personal data. The data subject may use the following rights in relation to Aalto insofar as Aalto acts as the controller for the data subject’s personal data:

Right of access and right to rectification

You have the right to receive confirmation on whether we process personal data relating to you and the right to access any such personal data. Aalto may ask you to specify your request where necessary, for example with regard to activities to which the request relates.

In addition, you have the right to request the rectification of incorrect personal data relating to you, or to supplement incomplete personal data that Aalto is processing.

Right to data erasure

You have the right to request erasure of your personal data from our data systems. Aalto will comply with your request, provided we do not have a legitimate reason not to delete the data, such as a statutory obligation to continue processing the personal data. Personal data may not be deleted instantly from backup copies and other such data systems, but will be deleted through regular database retention practices. For erasure, the User needs to provide the user ID number of the Service.

Right to object

You also have the right to object to the processing of your personal data if your personal data is processed for other purposes than the fulfilment of legal responsibilities or the provision of services.

Right to restriction of processing

If you contest the correctness of the data which we have registered about you or lawfulness of processing, or if you have objected to the processing of the data in accordance with your right to object, you may request us to restrict the processing of these data to only storage. The processing will only be restricted to storage, until the correctness of the data can be established, or it can be checked whether our legitimate interests override your interests.

If you are not entitled to erasure of the data which we have registered about you, you may instead request that we restrict the processing of these data to only storage. If the processing of the data which we have registered about you is solely necessary to assert a legal claim, you may also demand that other processing of these data be restricted to storage. We may process your data for other purposes if this is necessary to assert a legal claim or if you have granted your consent to this.

Right to data portability

You have the right to receive your personal data from us in a structured, commonly used format so that you may transfer your personal data to another controller, provided that the processing of your personal data is based on consent or a contract between you and Aalto.

  1.    Who is the controller and who can I contact?

You can use your rights by contacting Aalto’s data protection officer at The extent of your rights is subject to the legal basis for processing and exercising your rights requires identification.

The controller:

Aalto korkeakoulusäätiö sr, which functions as Aalto University

Mailing address: PL 11000, 00076 AALTO

Phone number: (09) 47001
Visiting address: Otakaari 24, 02150 Espoo

Contact information for the Data Protection Officer of Aalto University :

Right to lodge a complaint

If the processing of your personal data is in breach of applicable legislation, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the national supervisory authority. You can lodge the complaint with a competent supervisory authority. In Finland, this is the Data Protection Ombudsman, and the complaint must be lodged in accordance with instructions provided by the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman. Please see for more information.